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About Michael

The Wine CounselorMichael Schafer Esq. uses  the Wine CounselorSM services to provide entertaining education. Michael is the charismatic wine educator and sommelier who entertains while teaching. The Wine CounselorSM humorous and fun approach to wine is reflected in the trademark phrase “I taste bad wine so you don’t have to.”®

His incandescent enthusiasm is contagious. Michael has been featured on CNN, ABC and in the Detroit News. He is a published author, most recently in the national magazine 944.

As an instructor at the International Culinary School of the Art Institute of Michigan, he teaches classes in Viticulture & Enology and in Food & Beverage Operations Management.

Michael  is a board member of the DWO (Detroit Wine Organization) a non-profit group dedicated to wine education and children’s charities.

Michael judges in international competitions and has taught classes with Madame Charity Suczek at Le Petite Cordon Bleu School of Haute Cuisine. He is a member  of La Confrerie des Vigernons de Saint Vincent. Michael has studied wine around the world for over 25 years.

The Wine CounselorThe Wine CounselorSM recently created the Personal Wine Preference Profile®, a proprietary tool that helps to de-mystify wine. Incandescent enthusiasm in creating your Personal Wine Preference Profile® is a hallmark of the Wine Counselor’sSM service. Your Personal Wine Preference Profile® is a unique product created by the Wine CounselorSM.

From enhanced enjoyment of wines and food, cellar creation and management, to profit optimization,  services of the Wine CounselorSM will exceed your expectations.